The poster for 'Midway'

LONDON (Reuters) - Twenty years after first toying with the idea, German film director Roland Emmerich brings his World War II drama Midway to cinemas next month, focusing on the 1942 Battle of Midway.

Known for big-budget disaster movies filled with special effects like Independence Day and Godzilla, Emmerich long wanted to recount the giant air and sea battle in the Pacific during which U.S. forces defeated an attacking Japanese fleet.

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U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons

Last summer, German film director Roland Emmerich toured a number of sites around Pearl Harbor as he prepared to remake the action epic Midway about the 1942 battle that turned the tide of World War II in the Pacific against the Japanese.

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U.S. Navy photo.

As many as 934 sailors will soon become intimately familiar with the name Andrew Mills, the namesake for a newly inaugurated barracks on Naval Base Coronado, California. And on Aug. 10, Mills, a Navy veteran, trailblazer and World War II hero who risked his life in the face of racial discrimination, was there to meet them.

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Photo via GoFundMe

After Navy veteran Jack Holder, had his life savings stolen in a sweepstakes scam, a GoFundMe page created in his name raised enough money to cover his losses, with some to spare.

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